The Mistaken History of the Korean War: What We Got Wrong Then and Now

The Mistaken History of the Korean War: What We Got Wrong Then and Now

by Paul M. Edwards


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Much of the history of the Korean War has been misinterpreted or obscured. Intense propaganda and limited press coverage during the war, coupled with vague objectives and an incomplete victory, resulted in a popular narrative of partial truth and factual omission. Battlefield stories—essentially true but often missing significant data—added an element of myth. Drawing on a range of sources, the author, a Korean War veteran, reexamines the war’s causes, costs and outcomes.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781476670485
Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
Publication date: 03/05/2018
Pages: 198
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.60(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Paul M. Edwards is the founder and executive director of the Center for the Study of the Korean War at Graceland University’s Independence, Missouri, campus. He is the author of 13 works on military history. He lives in Independence.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Acknowledgment ix

Preface 1

I. Reluctant to Call It War 7

II. ­Post-Traumatic Perseverance 12

III. Getting It Straight 18

IV. Failed Expectations 50

V. Memory Mistakes Minimize Mission 58

VI. No One Was Invited to the Parade 73

VII. The Shock of No Gun Ri 85

VIII. The Infidelity of the Storytellers 93

IX. Brainwashed, Yes, but Who? 139

Conclusion 162

Chapter Notes 167

Bibliography 177

Index 181

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